Steve Sekely (February 25, 1899– March 9, 1979) was a Hungarian film director. Born István Székely, he was known by several names, based on his changing professional and immigration status, including Stefan Szekely.
February 25, 1899
|Died||March 9, 1979 (aged 80)|
|Other names||Stefan Szekely|
|The Day of the Triffids|
(m. 1933; died 1950)
He worked as a newspaper journalist in Germany, before returning to Hungary in the early 1930s. He directed one of the most famous classic Hungarian films, the frequently revived comedy Hyppolit, a lakáj (1931). That film was remade in 2000 and the original was later digitally restored and released on DVD.
He worked in Hollywood for much of his subsequent career, directing mostly B movies and early episodic TV, although he directed his best-known English language film, the cult science fiction thriller The Day of the Triffids in the UK and returned to Hungary to direct his final film, The Girl Who Liked Purple Flowers, which was released in 1973.
- Next, Please! (1930) Germany
- The Great Longing (1930) Germany
- Hyppolit, the Butler (1931) Hungary
- Flying Gold (1932) Hungary
- A Tremendously Rich Man (1932) Germany
- Scandal in Budapest (1933)
- The Rakoczi March (1933) Austria/Germany/Hungary
- Emmy (1934) Hungary
- Romance of Ida (1934) Hungary
- Ball at the Savoy (1935) Austria/Hungary
- Half-Rate Honeymoon (1936) Hungary
- Cafe Moscow (1936) Hungary
- Number 111 (1938) Hungary
- Miracle on Main Street (1939) first US film
- Behind Prison Walls (1943) US
- Revenge of the Zombies (1943) US
- Women in Bondage (1943) US
- Lady in the Death House (1944) US
- Waterfront (1944) US
- My Buddy (1944) US
- Lake Placid Serenade (1944) US
- The Fabulous Suzanne (1946) US
- Blonde Savage (1947) US
- Hollow Triumph (1948) US
- Amazon Quest (1949) US
- Stronghold (1951) US
- The Empress of China (1953) West Germany
- The Missing Scientists (1955) UK
- Cartouche (1955) Italy/France
- Desert Desperadoes (1959) Italy
- The Day of the Triffids (1962) UK
- Kenner (1969) US
- The Girl Who Liked Purple Flowers (1973) Hungary
- "Székely István". FilmKatalogus.hu. Retrieved Jun 18, 2019.
- "Színészkönyvtár arcképcsarnok – Ágai Irén – American-Hungarian Lifestyle Magazine". Retrieved Jun 18, 2019.
- "The Girl Who Liked Purple Flowers". Retrieved Jun 18, 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
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